- The Washington Times - Friday, May 12, 2006

Fairfax County police cannot force the parents of a heavily armed teenager to provide information regarding their son’s fatal Monday ambush of officers, the county’s top prosecutor says.

“That’s America. You have an absolute, unqualified constitutional right not to talk to police if you don’t want to,” said Fairfax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert F. Horan Jr.

However, Mr. Horan added that the parents’ reluctance to come forward was unusual.

“It is kind of odd,” he said. “I would certainly have expected on the day this had happened that there would be some kind of contact.”

Lt. Richard Perez, a Fairfax County Police spokesman, said yesterday that police have still had no contact with Michael Kennedy’s parents, Brian and Margaret Kennedy.

The parents hired Fairfax law firm MacDowell & Associates, which has issued two statements on their behalf.

In the latest statement, issued late Thursday, attorneys for the family said that there were firearms in the family’s house in the 6200 block of Prince Way in Centreville, but that the weapons were stored in two locked containers.

“The family can only surmise that their son broke into one of the containers prior to going to the Sully District Station,” the statement said. “Any indication that loaded firearms were routinely left around the residence is simply false and untrue.”

The statement came a day after a search warrant revealed that officers had seized nine firearms from the home on Monday night, including a loaded 12-gauge shotgun, a Colt 9mm handgun, rifles and muskets. According to the warrant, the weapons were scattered throughout the house, including under a mattress in the master bedroom and on the floor of a hallway.

Kennedy, 18, opened fire Monday outside the Fairfax County Police Department’s Sully station, killing Detective Vicky O. Armel, 40, and wounding Officer Michael E. Garbarino, 53, who remained in critical condition yesterday. The teen was killed in a gun battle with police officers in which more than 120 rounds of ammunition were exchanged.

Lt. Perez yesterday also confirmed reports in The Washington Times that serial numbers of some of the guns used in the attack revealed that the weapons were registered to the teen’s father, who is a legal gun owner. However, he could not specify how many or which guns had been identified through serial numbers.

Mr. Horan went a step further.

“So far, at least from what I have heard, all of these weapons are legal,” he said.

Funeral services for Detective Armel will be held at 11 a.m. this morning at the McLean Bible Church, located at 8925 Leesburg Pike in Vienna. Interment will be at the Bright View Cemetery in Warrenton, Va.

Police advised that the services and interment will be open to family, friends and public safety personnel, but that community members who wished to show support should line a procession route scheduled to pass the Sully District Station on the way from the church to the cemetery.

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